Villa Langsat: I built this house outside Kuala Lumpur. My father designed it for me.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 3.17.56 PMI planted 100 plants in the garden and stocked the fountain with tropical fish.

(This is the same fountain an Indonesian workman washed his latex paint brushes in, thinking it’d somehow just go away.)

A tiny blue kingfisher took just an hour of diving to clear out the pond of all swimming things. An afternoon of expensive sushi for the little bird with the oversize orange beak.

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 3.18.14 PMIt was supposed to take 3 months to complete. That was before the contractor saw the plans. Construction lasted for 2 years.

It’s all slate inside, stays cool in the equatorial heat. Cool! Not cool: the roof leaked for the first 7 months.

What crazy thing did you build? How did it go?

Had a great time today presenting SELFish, a social & visual storytelling mobile app in open beta for the next few months, to 30 MBA student-professionals from LG CNS visiting from South Korea, at RocketSpace. Thanks RocketStudios and LG!

I created and delivered the company’s first live, public presentation of the product, the team, and our roadmap to market.

The event organizers asked each of the three RocketSpace startups which presented (social smartphone camera app Shoto.com and social betting app Youbetme.com) to include a particular challenge we are facing so the MBA students can address it in their afternoon session. I chose the challenge of selecting only one UVP as we go to market. At SELFish, we have several. Which should we emphasize to consumers? Is it our controls that allow us to pick who sees or contributes to our stories? Or is it our connection of moments into ongoing stories?

Thanks too, to Ronan Roche, a business analyst at RocketSpace, for making this homestyle video for me on short notice.

 

So excited, and grateful, Shirley, for you to apply your special skills to this massive task.

 

Shirley will be collecting good news and specifics from everyone. Hope to hear more, like the below…

 

 

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Thanks to RocketSpace for interviewing me for their Startup Spotlight series this month about SELFish, the new social network I joined earlier this year. We’re based at RocketSpace, a really fun coworking and office space for high growth tech companies.

An excerpt from the interview (you can catch the whole thing here:

What’s your favorite thing about RocketSpace?

I’ve been working remotely as a cultural entrepreneur for many years so my favorite thing about RocketSpace is the energy and the serendipity of meeting others who are on a similar journey. After living globally for 14 years, I especially appreciate the borderless, international nature of RS. And I have to give props to RS’s sense of humor. The “wtf@” and “omg@” email aliases for reporting issues or happy occasions are your brand voice. You manage to be substantial and lighthearted at the same time.

What is your product’s superpower?

I’d say it’s that there are no social conventions to worry about at SELFish. We give you control, so you can indulge your self expression. Share what you want, how much you want, with whom you want. Since I’m a high volume publisher with very disparate interests and communities I want to interact with, I especially like that aspect of the product.

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Your entrepreneurship goals are your online presence goals and community is how you get things done.

These are the slides from last month’s workshop for startup founders that Tanya Monsef Bunger and I conducted at the Women’s Startup Lab in Menlo Park.

Founders Have Vision & Goals, Need Community To Get Things Done

1 June 2014 Community

Click here for the slideshow. Last month we had a great day at the Women’s Startup Lab in Menlo Park, workshopping online community building for founders. (See details here.) The questions these entrepreneurs asked got us off to a good start: “How do I reach people I don’t know?” “Which tool can I use to […]

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GlobalNiche San Francisco Area Meetup

12 May 2014 Community

“I’d like to see GlobalNiche become a life philosophy,” says Shirley Rivera.   save the date #SF peeps! #globalniche meet up on april 24, hosted by @lifunfe pic.twitter.com/y3gx5gcLbV — GlobalNiche (@globalniche) March 20, 2014 The latest of many F2F gatherings of GlobalNiche people and their friends, around the world! Reading this and want to do […]

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Expat Harem Writer Wendy Jean Fox Wins Literary Award And Publishes Her First Book

4 May 2014 Community

Congrats to Wendy Jean Fox (you may know her as one of the original Expat Harem writers, her piece is Coming Clean In Kayseri  [read it at that link] about a visit to an ancient hamam bathhouse in central Anatolia where Wendy was teaching). Wendy won the Press 53 award for short fiction for her collection, “The Seven Stages […]

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